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1. Tennessee seeks new student testing contract vendor -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee wants the next administrator of its student assessment test to follow strict performance requirements after previous rollouts resulted in statewide delays and sparked outrage from teachers, students and lawmakers.

2. Tennessee lawmakers question testing contract vendor -

NASHVILLE(AP) — A handful of Tennessee lawmakers are raising questions about the company that currently administers the state's problem-plagued student assessment testing program.

The Department of Education fielded questions about the TNReady test Wednesday while presenting before the House Education Committee.

3. Questar to bid for new testing contract with Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The company that administers Tennessee's problem-plagued student assessment testing program says it still plans on throwing its hat in the ring to secure a new state contract so they can continue overseeing the same service in the fall.

4. Audit: Student assessment lacked proper oversight from state -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Education failed to provide adequate oversight while rolling out its problem-plagued student assessment test in the spring that resulted in widespread delays and outrage among lawmakers, according to an audit released Wednesday.

5. Haslam announces school testing listening tour -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is launching a statewide tour to hear ideas to improve the state's problem-plagued elementary and secondary school online testing process.

Haslam announced Tuesday that the TNReady listening tour will include six stops statewide for teachers, administrators, and technology and assessment coordinators to discuss recent problems administering the tests and offer ideas for improvements.

6. TNReady testing the patience of all concerned -

If Clint Eastwood were to make to a sequel of “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” state Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver could play Granny Hawkins because of her penchant for blunt language.

On the run from Union troops after refusing to surrender early in the tale, the vengeful Wales runs into Granny Hawkins, who tells him she hears the feds are going to “heel and hide” him to a barn door.

7. Tennessee lawmakers scramble to pass fix to testing problems -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers scrambled to pass legislation Thursday to make sure no students, teachers or schools suffer as a result of repeated failures with the state assessment test.

8. Opioid crisis and juvenile justice -

With the state’s budget projected to be tight and lawmakers lining up to run for re-election in 2018, the coming legislative session isn’t expected to yield many surprises.

But the 110th General Assembly still has a long row to hoe as the session starts Jan. 9 with new legislative offices and committee rooms in the renovated Cordell Hull Building in downtown Nashville.

9. Tennessee cutting testing time for students -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Education officials say changes in standardized testing in Tennessee are expected to reduce testing time for students and teachers by about 30 percent.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2a3kAh5) reports the state has cut the first part of spring standardized testing to create only one assessment window at the end of the school year.

10. Tennessee Education Department offers testing contract -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Education has offered a two-year, $60 million contract to Questar Assessment to administer standardized testing to students.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/29s4VVt) reports that if Questar agrees to the contract, students in third through eighth grades will take tests on paper and pencil in the 2016-17 school year. Also, the department will work with Questar to provide an online option for year-end high school exams if the schools and the testing platform demonstrate early proof of successful online administration.